Journalist Matt Law said Chelsea are looking to offload a centre-back this summer with Kurt Zouma being on top of “marketable list” ahead of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Having conceded 79 goals from 59 games in all competitions this season, it’s easy to understand why a new centre-back is reportedly on Frank Lampard’s wishlist this summer.
But with four central defenders already at his disposal; Chelsea would likely have to sell to make space and raise funds before making any recruitment.
The Telegraph journalist Law claimed that regardless of their performance this season, Zouma would likely be the one to leave considering high demand for the France international.
He told London is Blue Podcast: “You have to judge the list by who is the most realistic one they could actually sell.
“I think you’d have a tough time selling Rudiger because of his injury problems.
“To get him through a medical [examination] and convince a club to spend money the kind of money Chelsea are valuing him at for a player with his knee injury record would be tough.
“That’s why I’d put him at the bottom of the list, not because of talent, but because he’d be the toughest to sell.”
Law added that there is a market for Zouma who had a successful loan spell at Everton and is rated very highly in France.
“I think Zouma is top of the list in terms of who you could sell.”
While for Christensen, the journalist had something interesting to say about how Chelsea fear of losing a potential gem.
“Christensen is a difficult one to value because I think Chelsea know that he is potentially a very, very valuable centre-back,” he claimed about how the club view the Denmark international.
“Were they to sell him to a Spanish club, for instance, you could find within two years that Christensen could be worth about £70million and one of the Spanish club’s best central defender because he would suit that style of football.”
He argued that despite Christensen finding it difficult to have a consistent season in a Premier League, German and Spanish clubs would be happy to sign him on a bargain.
“Chelsea are very reluctant to sell him because I think they fear he could be another [Kevin] de Bruyne, should he go overseas and blossom and get his confidence,” he added.